Addiction And Its Effects On The Brain

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There are many things one may do to control their addiction. Addiction was derived from a Latin term that means "enslaved by" or "bound to." Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain. Anyone may become addicted to any particular substance, thing, or activity. Some common addictions are food, exercise, gambling, sex, shopping, work, internet, and drugs. A drug is any chemical that has a psychological effect on the brain when consumed. Alcohol, caffeine, aspirin, and nicotine are all examples of drugs commonly used. One can become addicted to anything. From piercings, to music, to even plastic surgery. When a person becomes addicted to something, they cannot control how they use it, and they become dependent on it to cope with daily life. The way we survive is based on a reward system. When we do something that aids our survival as eating, or exercise, our brain releases a chemical called dopamine or "the feel good chemical." Particular drugs, activities, and things release dopamine. When one likes it a lot, the dopamine is released in higher doses. Since it releases high amounts of dopamine, our body builds a tolerance to the amount of dopamine, and it takes more and more to reach the desirable effect. To control addiction, one must change their environment, figure themselves out, and change their way of thinking. Usually, when an addict is seeking sobriety, one needs to change their environment. There are meetings an addict may attend to help them control their
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